The World Cup: Around the world in IT
We look at the tech form of the World Cup contenders.
Population: 19.4 million
Economy: GDP of $2,300 as of 2008. Export relations with France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, and the UK.
Government: Republic government. Led by president Paul Biya and Prime Minister Philmon Yang.
Famous for: One of the highest literacy rates in Africa, rumours of corruption.
Star player: Global companies with local presence.
Top IT industry: Academic institutions to boost skills and industries.
Major IT contributions: Scientific research and innovation.
Population: Five million
Economy: GDP $343 billion.
Government: Prime Minister Lars Lkke Rasmussen who leads the Liberal Party.
Famous for: Lego, Carslberg beer
Star player: Bang & Olufsen (Hi-Fi giant)
Top IT industry: Renewable energy also biggest electricity charges for consumers
Major IT contributions: Batteries, tape recorder, speakers
Population: 127.5 million
Climate: Temperate in north, subtropical in south
Economy: GDP $4.91 trillion,, major trading partners include the US, the UK and other EU countries.
Government: Representative democracy with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
Famous for: Technology, Sushi, Nintendo
Top IT industry: Electronics
Major IT contributions: Various major technological advances were developed in Japan, including the floppy disk, the microprocessor, the memory card and the CD, to name but a few.
Population: 16.4 million
Economy: GDP is $871 billion. Most important trading partner is Germany
Government: A consociational' state, with various party leaders. Reigning monarch is Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard.
Famous for: Amsterdam, clogs, tulips, windmills, Van Gogh
Top IT industry: Boasts biggest natural gas field in the world.
Major IT contributions: The microscope, telescope and artificial kidney.
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